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FAQ: New to the Japan Board? Read this first

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Are you new to Chowhound? Or just to this board? Perhaps visiting from somewhere else? We've got some tips to help you get started.

If you're brand new to the site, you should read our Site Etiquette (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367605) so you don't break any rules or step on any toes.

We've divided up this thread into separate posts, just to make things neater. Please read to the end. The sections are:

WHERE IS THAT?
HAVE A HOT TIP?
HAVE A QUESTION?
AFTER YOUR MEAL
FEEDBACK

  1. WHERE IS THAT?

    Japan is a big country, so it's important that you make it clear what part of it you're referring to when you start a new thread. Include a location in your thread title, please. Posts which aren't labeled as being about another region will generally be assumed to be about Tokyo, but please label even your Tokyo posts to make them easier to search for.

    Whenever you're searching for info on the board, you should also include city or region names in your search criteria to narrow down your results.

    If you see posts that would benefit from having a location in the title, please flag them for us using the 'report' flag and let us know what city they pertain to, and we can add the city.

    1. HAVE A HOT TIP?

      If you've got a great tip, a meal report or a recommendation for someone, dive right in and post it. It's great if you can include some details of why you like a place, but even those short tips on where to find a great taco or donut are appreciated.

      To start a new thread, use the "Chowhound Discussions" menu in the navigation bar at the top of the page to go to the index of the board, and then choose the "start new thread" button.

      1. HAVE A QUESTION?

        The Chowhound archives are a great resources, start your quest for an answer with a search of all the great info that's already out there. The search box is in the top right corner of the screen. If you're searching from this board, it should default to searching just this board. Just add your keywords and go. On the search results page, you can change your search criteria to add more keywords, or change your sort order or the dates you're interested in.

        Include the name of the city you're searching for within your search criteria to narrow down the results to a specific area.

        Local chowhounds have a lot of information to share, but help them help you by including some important details.

        If you've done some of your own research, mention what you found so hounds can help fill in the gaps, rather than rehashing what you already know. This is especially important for tourists planning an itinerary -- the hounds will be much happier to help if you've done some reading in advance.

        Also, tell them:
        What part of the region or city you'll be in -- this board covers a very large area and Tokyo is a big city.
        Whether you have a car or will be relying on transit.
        How far or how long you're willing to travel.
        What your budget is. Descriptions such as 'expensive', 'moderate' and 'cheap' mean different things to different people, so use dollar or local currency values.
        When you'll be dining -- lots of restaurants close Sundays and Mondays, and in August many businesses close for vacation.
        Any other special circumstances (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?) that will help guide you to the right choices.

        1. AFTER YOUR MEAL

          Most importantly, after your trip or your meal, thank the local hounds for their help by reporting back. Tell people which suggestions you used and how the meals turned out, plus add tips about any great places you discovered on your own. This helps make the board more useful for everyone who visits after you. (Don't forget to include a city in the title of your thread, along with the name of the restaurant.)

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